5 Juillet 2013
July 5, 2013
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Four utilities said Friday they will apply to the Nuclear Regulation Authority to have 10 of their reactors confirmed safe enough to restart operations, when new nuclear regulations take effect on Monday.
Hokkaido Electric Power Co. said it will make the application for the Nos. 1 to 3 reactors at the Tomari nuclear power plant, while Kansai Electric Power Co. will apply for a safety examination of the Nos. 3 and 4 reactors at its Oi complex and the Nos. 3 and 4 reactors of the Takahama complex, both in Fukui Prefecture.
Shikoku Electric Power Co. has also applied for an assessment of the No. 3 reactor at the Ikata complex in Ehime Prefecture.
Kyushu Electric Power Co. made the first step toward the application for the Nos. 1 and 2 reactors at the Sendai plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, and said it may also file with the NRA to restart the Nos. 3 and 4 idled reactors at the Genkai plant in Saga Prefecture on July 12, utility officials said.
The NRA is set to check the safety of reactors in accordance with new regulations after accepting applications from Monday.
The authority asked utilities to inform them by 3 p.m. Friday if they were going to apply on Monday so it could avoid a rush of applications from those eager to restart their reactors.
Following the NRA's safety checks, the government will make a final decision on whether the reactors can restart.